OnePlus, the new Chinese Android OEM is all set to launch its One smartphone in India, much like we had reported last month. And it seems that the phone will be sold exclusively online on Amazon. And before you ask, we should tell you that it will still be invite based.
OnePlus has posted a contest to its forums, where 100 lucky winners will get the first ever India specific invites to buy the OnePlus One. Amazon too has started teasing the phone on Twitter with the hashtag #TheOneThing.
Couple of months back when some of the OnePlus executives (including Carl Pei) were in India, they had made it clear that the phone will be sold exclusively online and will be invite based. Since then, the company has hired Vikas Agarwal as the General Manager of its Indian operations. The phone is already being sold in over 16 countries, but India becomes only the second country to have a dedicated team within the country.
It’s still not clear when the actual launch is happening, but looking at the teasers, we can say that the date isn’t too far. The company had also announced that it will be honoring the warranties of phones imported from outside India.
Over the past couple of years, we have seen a huge surge in number of Chinese companies making an entry to the Indian market, including Gionee, Xiaomi, Oppo and now OnePlus. The OnePlus One will be a great addition to the mid-range Android smartphone market (less than Rs.25000) in India which is beaming with great choices. In case you aren’t well versed with what OnePlus One has to offer, you should check our earlier post on its details and Hands-On with the 64GB version. Carl had indicated that OnePlus might bring only the 64GB version to India, but we would need to wait a while to confirm that.
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